Florence “Flo” Welk, 83, of Gresham, died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. She was born at home in Red Springs on a straw mattress on Aug. 7, 1933, to parents Oscar Schultz and Leora Putman.
She is survived by her children, John Welk and his wife, Sue (Munson), Barbara Welk Mendoza and her husband, David, Richard Welk and his wife, Trisha (Sweere), James Welk and his wife, Darlene (Grignon), and Brian Welk; sister, Mary Schultz Katch, and her husband, Mathias; brother, Oscar Schultz, and his wife, Brenda; 11 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; 25 great-stepgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Flo, as known to her family and friends, graduated from Gresham High School in 1953 — the first of three generations to graduate from Gresham High. She moved to Milwaukee, where she met her husband of 36 years, Alfred Welk. They lived in Cudahy for several years before moving their family back to Gresham.